Last week, we covered reports from Spain which said that Manchester United would be edging out in front of Liverpool for the signing of José Gimenez from Atletico Madrid. It was AS who claimed it, saying the player would have a €45m release clause.
Mundo Deportivo now have their own take. They confirm the player won’t be cheap, as the clause is really €65m, and not the €45m reported before.
The outlet claims that as Gimenez hasn’t been much used by Diego Simeone, it’s very likely Atletico would analyse the offers for him. But with two conditions.
First, the offer would have to be good, naturally. They wont ‘give him as a gift’, and the high release clause means they are well protected to negotiate a good fee.
There’s also the issue that Atletico are not allowed to make signings in the next summer window. They expect this decision to be reviewed, but in case the penalty continues they won’t sell because if they can’t get a replacement.
So if Manchester United really go for him, there will be probably a game of patience. Both to wait for the sanction decision and to get a decent price.